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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Religious Studies 435 / History 486: Revivalism and Evangelicalism in America

course guide

Print Indexes

America: History and Life

Many students already use JSTOR (see below), and while JSTOR is an excellent database, restricting your search to it means you are likely to miss lots of potentially relevant articles, not to mention dissertations: while America: History and Life covers 1,700 journals in American history, JSTOR only includes about 150, and does not include any dissertations.

Religion Database

As with America: History and Life (see above), ATLA Religion Database makes a better starting point for serious research than JSTOR, since it covers 1,746 journals, while JSTOR includes only about 60 religious studies journals.

Other Article Databases

There are many other specialized or multidisciplinary article databases that you could search, depending on the focus of your topic. These databases will give you access to popular magazines, scholarly journals, or both. Coverage can be recent or deeply retrospective (some databases cover as far back as the 17th century). Below is a list of databases you might find useful for this course.

Full-Text Scholarly Journal Collections

Several key historical and religious studies journals are included in JSTOR, such as

  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • Journal of Religion
  • History of Religions
  • Journal of Black Studies
  • Religion and American Culture
  • Review of Religious Research
  • Sociology of Religion

Here you will find, for example,

  • American Quarterly
  • Journal of Social History
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • History and Memory
  • Journal of the Early Republic
  • Journal of Women's History

Print and Microform Collections

The Library also owns a large collection of periodicals of religious organizations. You can find these titles in the online catalog. Try simple keyword searches like: methodist AND periodicals. Alternatively, you can browse for subject headings:

  • Baptists --United States --Periodicals.
  • Congregational churches --Periodicals.
  • Reformed Church in America --Periodicals.
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church --Periodicals.

You can also identify religious periodicals by using classified lists like Periodicals Directory (began publication in 1932, subsequently known as Ulrich's), and Ayer's Directory of Publications (goes back to 1880).

Finally, you might consider browsing in the Main Stacks, beginning at call number 205.